Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
When a ewe is preparing to lamb, she’ll try to find a quiet spot for a birth site.
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.
When considering the state of health of a sheep, it's a great help to know its liveweight.
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.
Hogget lambing is regularly promoted as a way to increase income, but results have been variable in the past.
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.
Before you get the rings out to castrate your lambs this Spring, decide if it’s a wise move to turn them into wethers.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
Saving lambs this spring is all about being well prepared, having the right gear and knowing when to offer or seek help.
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing
Wool merchants are getting hot under the collar about people packing wool when it’s damp.
With today's more fertile sheep breeds, inevitably there are more lambs born, which everyone thinks is a good thing.
If you have to put your hand into the vagina, and then through the cervix of the ewe into the uterus to sort out a lambing problem, try this to make it easier:
If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.